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Patch's Poll: Should Schools Offer Students the 'Morning After' Pill?

A pilot program in 13 New York City schools provides Plan B to students age 14-18 when requested.

New York City schools started a Plan B pill pilot program last year that is now offered in 13 high schools and will likely be expanded to high schools citywide.

ABC News reported that only 1 to 2 percent of parents opted out of the program before it was implemented.

"Last year, when the plan was implemented, about 4.7 percent of the 12,000 girls enrolled in those schools was given the prescription drug, according to the Board of Health. Students ranged in age from 14 to 18," ABC News said.

The "morning after" pill, as it is also called, can be taken after unprotected sex or birth control failure to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

The company that makes the drug — Teva Pharmaceuticals — says it does not affect or terminate an existing pregnancy.

Should schools around the country emulate this plan to prevent teen pregnancies? Or is it a medical and ethical decision that shouldn't involve schools at all?

Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Lisa September 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Seriously?
CAjones September 27, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Is this for real?? I think maybe a night at the Hyatt and campaign might be nice too....... Lets EMPOWER freedom of choice without limitations. For the clinically depressed, perhaps we could hand out bullets.
Big K September 27, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Why don't they just take them when they are born , raise them up and give them back to the Parents when they reach Adulthood?
noname September 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM
WHERE ARE THE PARENTS? I believe this is the responsibility of the parents and not the teachers, nor the school system. This is the problem with society today! This responsibility does not rely with strangers and if the parents refuse to take charge of raising their children and expect teachers, society and strangers to do their job, I would expect the husband and wife to refrain from having children. I resent having to pay taxes to supply pills when you should be a responsible parent and do the job as a mother and father!
Connie September 28, 2012 at 02:37 AM
No parents have to teach their kids these about sex and contraceptives not schools, not teachers, not doctors, not the government -- only parents.
citizen September 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I'm appalled by this. Our schools can't give out aspirins but they can give out this type of drug?! It just teaches our kids that it's okay to be irresponsible. Unbelievable!
SGA September 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
From what I understand, these are high risk schools where teen pregnancy and the resulting drop out rate is a huge problem. I seriously doubt a program like this would be utilized in a district with better parental participation, where families can afford and have access to decent health care plus the benefit of a solid education. If this program helps young girls finish school and begin to break the teen pregnancy-dropout-welfare-kids who become teen parents cycle, I'm all for it. Yes, in a perfect would parents would teach their kids to make healthy choices, but clearly these children do not live in a perfect world. Citizen, no one should ever give aspirin to children and teens. It places them at risk for Reye's Syndrome. However, in middle school parents can sign a consent form giving the nurse permission to administer ibuprofen.
Randy Watson September 28, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Hello Patcheads! Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, they have. Maybe I am naïve, but I was under the impression that our schools were there to provide academic instruction to our children, not dispense pharmaceutical products. The author of this piece stated that only 1 to 2 percent of parents opted out of this program. My question is just how many parents actually received the opt out form and out of those folks, how many actually took the time to read it? Also, I think ‘SGA’ missed ‘Citizen’s’ point regarding the aspirin comment – it could be Tylenol or Alleve, or whatever. The point is, why can they disburse one drug and not another? Why is giving our teenage girls abortifacient drugs fine and dandy, but administering something to relieve a simple headache is a big no no? It’s madness. Our country has lost its moral compass. And those individuals running our nation’s schools who feel that dispensing such a drug to their students is within their job parameters, should be thrown out on their backsides. Just one man’s opinion, Patcheads. Until next time. Peace – Randy.
thomas September 28, 2012 at 03:55 PM
stay out of these heathen schools, if your a devout christian get your kids or grandkids home tutored.
DisgruntledInClinton September 28, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I have been following this on various news outlets, and the 1-2% opt out stat is because many parents did not get the info about the program. Or the parents didn't read it.
DisgruntledInClinton September 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
This program will end when some poor girl dies from some complication, allergy, etc. and dies and the parents never knew she was pregnant and took the morning after pill. Too bad it will take even one life.
SGA September 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I didn't miss the point at all. Schools CAN give out simple medication to relieve a headache. As someone who actually has a child currently in high school, I am well aware of actual policies, not just vomiting out quips I heard on Fox News. The information in this "poll" is extremely limited. News articles about the topic are much more comprehensive and would be a good place to pick up the facts. You may think school officials who resort to this program should be thrown out, but I think it's good that at least someone is trying something to keep these kids in school. Their parents are obviously failing, which only leaves the school as a last line of defense. This isn't a quaint suburban area with money, obviously.
Dianna Pop September 29, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Before anyone opposes this, they should consider what would happen if Plan B, or any other contraceptives for that matter, were not readily available. Are you personally going to adopt, support and educate any human life that results from that? Regardless of the child's race or health? If your answer is no, then it will fall on the taxpayers. Which makes your answer yes either way.
Mary Jo Phelps September 29, 2012 at 02:04 AM
This is just the latest in a string of deliberately provocative articles on Patch, designed to get people to argue with one another. Sorry Patch, I won't take the bait!

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